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Of Course Tenured Faculty Are Responsible for the “Adjunct Crisis”

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by P.D. Lesko On Feb. 22, 2017, Blaine Greteman, an associate professor of English at the University of Iowa, penned an essay for The Chronicle of Higher Education titled, “Don’t Blame Tenured Academics for the Adjunct Crisis.” In his piece, Dr. Greteman writes, “Faculty hiring has been outpaced by that of administrators and staff charged with managing […]

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Coaxing the Lion out of its Lair Or, the Challenges and Rewards of Teaching Writing to STEM Students

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by Kris Morrissey Teaching an English Literature class five years ago, the lights went out for no apparent reason. We sat looking at each other, considering the inherent symbolism of light – be it ambient or fluorescent. Then, when nothing happened, our discussion carried on at a deeper, more intense level to match the near […]

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In Chicago, Mass Student/Staff Protests in Support of Adjunct Faculty

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The AdjunctNation Editorial Team According to reporting on Chicagoist.com, groups demanding better treatment, pay and benefits for adjunct and part-time faculty in higher education held several demonstrations across the city Wednesday, including at Loyola University, the University of Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago. “We are everywhere. I want students to look up in […]

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Barnard Adjuncts Just Showed Us All Why It’s Time for the $25K Manifesto

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We all know that $10,000 per course is a giant step closer to equal pay for equal work than $5K per course. We also know that $15,000-$25,000 per course would be equal pay at most two- and four-year public and private colleges and universities. However, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate. That’s the lesson Barnard’s UAW faculty union affiliate has taught all of higher education.

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Student Letters of Rec Written By Adjuncts Open Fewer Doors

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I explained to my student that, because I am an adjunct, rather than a tenure-track professor, my recommendation would carry no weight in helping him get into a graduate program. I told him that he should be looking instead for recommendations from tenured or tenure-track professors.

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Why Adjuncts Shouldn’t Need Ph.D.s

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by Jonathan Rick When hiring a professor, nearly every college uses commonly agreed-upon criteria. Among these, perhaps the most important is whether the applicant has a graduate degree. On one hand, credentials are a critical part of a school’s brand. Given that students are paying an arm and a leg for tuition, it’s helpful when […]

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The Extra Credit Experiment

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by Laura Yeager I tried something new last semester in College Writing I–extra credit.  I’ve never offered extra credit points in a college class before (I thought it was kind of babyish), but this year, I decided to try it.  And after doing it once, I don’t think I’ll repeat the process. I wanted to shake […]

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How Your Student Evals Are Killing Your Chances for a FT Job (And Better Pay)

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by P.D. Lesko What are the most credible methods and evaluative tools to use when deciding whether to rehire an adjunct faculty member? This is a question that should be asked by hundreds of thousands of college administrators nationwide. Instead, what we get are lazy administrators content to have adjunct faculty evaluations done by the least credible method by the least reliable evaluators: […]

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Want to Break into Online Learning? Try These Tips

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Online teaching can seem like a great gig. The convenience and flexibility afforded by online delivery is a draw for students and instructors alike. But, finding online teaching jobs seems to be getting more challenging. It’s an unusual situation to see that even though the number of positions increases, there is more competition as the […]

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10 Things Teaching Online Has Taught Me

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Michelle Everson I celebrated an anniversary recently. It’s been five years since I taught my first online course. When I first started to think about teaching online, I realized I had a lot to learn. I had never been an online student, nor did I know much about distance education. I just knew I wanted […]

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  • Make Sure You Have a CV or Résumé That Travels Well

    by Mary Anne Thompson INTEREST AMONG SEASONED professionals in pursuing international careers has skyrocketed in recent years. Such interest has been enhanced by chronic personnel shortages in home markets that are causing foreign companies to search beyond their borders for talent. These candidates aren’t passively waiting to be hired by just any employer. They’re targeting […]

  • A Fate Worse Than Death: Tips to Take the Terror Out of Giving Presentations

    by Roger Seip What’s scarier to most Americans than spiders, heights, or even death? There hasn’t been a horror movie made about it yet, but more than 75 percent of Americans surveyed report that they suffer from “glossophobia,” a debilitating fear of public speaking. Statistically, far more of us claim that we would prefer death […]

  • Roars From Inside the Pride: LEO

    by P.D. Lesko In the Land of Titles and Distinctions that is the University of Michigan (and higher education in general), the titles of Painter and Custodian bring more riches to their holders than the title of Lecturer. It’s a through-the-looking-glass scenario worthy of Lewis Caroll, and it’s why lecturers on the University of Michigan’s […]

  • A review of Reclaiming the Ivory Tower

    reviewed by Silvia Foti For those who are skeptical of any one book’s ability to help adjuncts organize to improve their working conditions in higher education, Reclaiming the Ivory Tower may provide hope. While author Joe Berry doesn’t promise an easy path, he provides a reliable map and points out obstacles that adjuncts might meet […]

  • Part-Time Faculty Union Prez Publishes Op-Ed Calling His Own Members “Monsters”

    by Mark James Miller The American higher educational system has created a monster — the out-of-control growth of part-time or adjunct faculty. In its over-reliance on part-time instructors, higher education has built a house of sand. In colleges and universities across the country, budgets are developed and strategic plans made that assume contingent faculty will carry […]

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